Monday, January 27, 2014

Self Exam


Remember the self portrait challenge I started last summer? I've been sticking with it - one portrait everyday for the last six months, and the project continues indefinitely. I've uploaded them all to a Tumblr site (sorry blogspot) which you can check out at ursulagullow.tumblr.com

I paint these everyday and get them scanned and converted to digital files which is why I'm always at least a week behind in posting them. Ideally I would post them every week. (Looks like I may have to invest in a scanner.)

It's rare now that I spend more than 25 minutes on one portrait and I always look in the mirror or use my computer camera because it is essential that I work from my reflection and not a memory.

I have to say I really enjoy having this obligation to paint every day.

Snow!



I became mildly obsessed with painting houses in snow last month. I particularly enjoyed smothering the paintings in white paint then scratching into their surfaces. My favorite tool for this series was a plastic gift card from Michael's (I don't think there's any money left on it, but I really should double check.)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

COMPRESS FEST



When I'm not painting and teaching I am organizing art events through the Media Arts Project , a local npo of which I am on the board. OnThursday November 14th we are having a fundraiser at The Fine Arts Theatre in downtown Asheville called COMPRESS FEST 7pm-10pm.

We will be screening short videos - no longer than 5 minutes in length - made by regional videographers, or producers with ties to the region. The line-up of videos is incredibly diverse -- from slick commercial productions to edgier experimental videos. We have movie trailers, comedy, glitch, artist profiles and even a couple cell phone videos.

When selecting the videos we were looking for work that demonstrates a certain level of technical proficiency, has entertainment value, social relevance or narrative interest, and/or uses the video platform in an innovative or unexpected way.

As video production technology becomes more ubiquitous, more people are making movies and putting them online. COMPRESS FEST is an attempt to merge the online experience with the cinematic experience by creating an arena for the community to watch each other’s movies together. We are fortunate to have the help of The Fine Arts Theatre to provide a large public venue to spotlight motion-media makers of the region.

Ultimately we have over 20 artists' in the line-up. To see the full roster visit: http://www.themap.org/map/?section=news&article=236


I encourage those of you in Asheville to come downtown for a night of fun.

Admission is $10 and tickets can be purchased online:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/495731

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Storm King Art Center, NY












I'm not a good enough writer to explain how enthralling this whole experience was. There are so many amazing sculptures and earth art pieces spread out over 500 acres; the landscape brilliantly compliments the work and visa versa. I had never been to Storm King Art Center before last month (even though it's pretty close to where I went to college.) Now I think I will try to go every time I visit NY. I imagine it is captivating in any season.  www.stormking.org

In-Class

This mixed media piece combines approximately 20 different demos and paintings I did while teaching art classes at A-B Tech over the last year. I'm always encouraging my students to cut up old work and incorporate it into new things. This piece is approximately 60" in height; materials include acrylic and water-based oil paint,  graphite, charcoal, string, found papers, glitter


Thursday, August 1, 2013

A portrait a day



August 1, 2013 3:00-4:00pm

A week ago I gave myself the challenge to paint my self portrait at least once every day, indefinitely. Mostly I spend 60 to 90 minutes on each painting. The longest I've sat so far is two hours.  I gave myself this project because this a way I can stay focused on a single idea amidst my internalized swirl of anxiety.

I'm hoping this project will serve as a journal of my technical evolution, while documenting my own physical evolution - or at least how I choose to represent myself in a painting.

The portrait pictured here is my seventh so far and probably the first that I am somewhat pleased with.

Stay tuned for more portraits in the future.